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Department of African and African American studies records

 Collection
Identifier: ua01141

Scope and Content

The collection contains administrative materials regarding the founding and activities of the Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Materials include faculty files, meeting minutes and agendas, newsletters, handbooks, correspondence, and memos.

Dates

  • 1950s-2001

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Copyright

Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Historical Note

On January 14, 1969, members of the Afro-American Action Committee (A.A.A.C.) occupied Morrill Hall, the main administration building on campus, with the following demands:

  1. That a department of Afro-American Studies be established
  2. That the University guarantee generous support for a Black students' conference to be held on campus in February
  3. That a Black community agency be given control over the Martin Luther King scholarship fund

Resulting from the agreement reached between University administration and the A.A.A.C. that ended the 24 hour sit-in was the establishment of the Department of Afro-American Studies in the fall of 1969. Dr. George King was appointed as the first chairman of the department. Over the years, the department name was changed to Afro-American and African Studies and then to African and African American Studies.

Early course offerings included black history, musicology, law and society from a minority point of view, and Swahili. Within the first year, the department had 10 faculty members and enrolled over 250 students. The department expanded its focus to include courses in African history, Arabic, social policy, philosophy, psychology, art, and African American literature and culture, as well as a graduate minor in Africa and the African Diaspora at the Master's and Ph.D. levels.

Extent

5.0 Cubic Feet (5)

Abstract

The collection contains administrative materials regarding the founding and activities of the Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

Collection transferred to University Archives by the Department of African and African American Studies in July 2008.

Title
Department of African and African American Studies Records, 1950s-2001
Author
Karen Spilman
Date
August 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The University Archives Collecting Area

Contact:

612-624-0562